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DD Motoring: A story of pictures with Brian McDaid

first_imgFifty-one years later plus one hour, my print finally arrives. That was no fault of our local photo lab, Magee’s Chemist, by the way. It is now the second generation of the McCormack family and might even be called McGee since the first roll of AGFA film was left in for developing.A Kodak wallet from Magee’s when it was called McGeein the days before the Late Jim McCormack took over the chemist and photo lab. Photo Brian McDaid. In 1968, It cost two shillings to develop the roll back then and a note back with the negatives to say some of the photos didn’t come out.  Advertisement The old AGFA Box camera that captured the pictures at one-fiftieth of a second in those days and was only able to get seven exposures on a full roll of 120 Agfa film, but must of malfunctioned resulting with only five and a half prints coming back with the film with a note from the developer that final exposure was not suitable for first quality printing.The final exposure was that of the photographer who handed the camera over so they could be included in one picture with their family.Mary Ellen McDaid with her four boys including Brian, Nelius, Cathal and Peadar in a photo that never was printed 51 years ago when it was taken. Photo By Fred Mc Daid.Some 40 years later and after the death of my uncle Fr. Mark Coyle, I was asked if I wanted a box of old army photos that he had from his years he served there. For the most part, I know very few faces in this box of photographs. My only connection was that I knew the person that stood behind the camera lens to capture these images.  Advertisement He was part of the 62th Battalion of the Irish Army who went on peacekeeping duties to Lebanon in the 70s and 80s. He was the battalion’s Chaplin. I took the box and after taking a look through all the packets of photos developed in photo labs all over the Lebanon and Ireland I soon realised that these photos were all missing something – the voice of the person that took them, my uncle the late Fr. Mark Coyle.  He could have told me the story behind each of these images as only he could do so well. In through them pictured was a sprinkling of photos of his own family, which must have travelled everywhere with him. Wind the clock on ten years to last weekend to a student who has spent his last three years in college in Galway and who was the wane in our family and complained on his weekend home that our sitting room, which was getting a fresh coat of paint, had everyone’s photo up on the wall but himself.  With a photographer in the house, the blame was placed the square in my lap. Armed with an old box of photographs printed in the film days were dusted down and soon a the prodigal son’s photos were located and a few were selected to go on the wall and peace was restored.Browsing through this box, I notice a red photo folder and looking inside just and empty but in the front was a sealed section I could see the corner of a negative where the paper had started to tear. Knowing that these were not my negatives I figured they must have ended up in our box of negatives instead of the box of Fr. Mark’s army negatives.  Opening the front, I found an old colour negative with a note from a photo lab stating: “These prints have being made by special request from negatives not suitable for first quality printing.”A note form the photo lab with news that some of the photos didn’t come out. Photo Brian McDaid.As soon as I put the negatives up to the light I could see the image of my mother waving out at me. The was two reasons that I instantly knew this was my mother on this negative. Firstly I can still remember the day this photo was taken at the back of our home in Wolfe Tone Place as I was in this picture with my three younger brothers, Neilus, Cathal and Peadar. The second reason was that we always had the four small photos in our house that were taken in the snow back in 1968 at that same time.  To put this photo in perspective, there was never a photo of my mother with her children in it to this negative turned up at the weekend.As I gazed through the underexposed negative late on Saturday evening the clocks were going back one hour but my heart was going back decades.Over the last 51 years, I have often wondered if this memory in my mind of this image of us all sitting on a sleigh at the back of our house happened at all or was it created in my mind to match the photos we already had. On that day, I can remember my mother handing the camera to my father and them swapping for a photo with the wanes out in the snow. And now because Fr. Mark had these negatives the camera quite possibly could have been his and my mother got a loan of it to get photos of us in the snow.We always had just the four small prints from that time in the snow, one of a group of us out at a big snowman we made in the green. In it, was my father and three brothers Neilus, Cathal and Peadar, my three cousins Paddy, Brendan (Herbie) and Josephine McDaid and my next-door neighbour Trevor Tease, he’s the one with the snowball sticking on top of his hat. And in another one, we are sitting on the sleigh and one taken at the front door with Neilus showing off his new bike with a bell flashy hub caps and red wheels. Style council at the from door of 27 Wolfe Tone Place all posing for their photo. Pictures By Mary Ellen McDaid.On Sunday morning I turned the scanner up full and brought the old negative from film to digital form. In with the negative in the flounder was two Relics of St. Martin folded into two Lady of the Rosary of Fatima prayers. The negative wasn’t that bad but I was still nervous working with it. Bringing the image up on the screen in negative form, I inverted the negative to a positive state and the photo that was taken 51 years ago appeared to me for the first time. I didn’t imagine it after all. this did happen, there we were happy as Larry sitting waving to the camera, Just as I remembered it. A pictured of a very young Mary Ellen Coyle one of the family photos that Fr. Mark Coyle had in his box of photos.The digital print of our negative was sent back to Magee’s this week for printing and we patiently awaited the results. Back in 1968, sadly things changed quickly after these photos was taken, My mother was only just out of hospital weeks before this and was still awaiting test results. In 1969 her health went downhill fast and spent a lot of time between Letterkenny General Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. And in that time maybe Fr. Mark tried to see if these negatives could be enhanced this negative in some way so he could have a print to give to his sister Mary Ellen with her children while she was terminally in hospital. I hope that did work out that way because it wasn’t that hard to make a print for this long lost negative this weekend. The missing negative with four prayers and relic inclosed from a photo taking in 1968. Photo Brian McDaid.Anyway – if it wasn’t for her grandson complaining we might never have found the long lost negative, that in the end up found us. It produced four prints to go with the four prayers and relics be it my mother or Fr. Mark, they will go on the next leg of the journey with the four prints, which I will share out with my three brothers, (now you know what you are getting for Christmas boys). Four framed prints for for son of a photo of them with this mother taken 51 years ago.This week was the most enjoyable piece of discovery and photography that I have had since I started this profession. I suppose as children growing up surfing the pain of losing a parent, we didn’t see the pain that Fr. Mark was going through losing his sister, they were the closest of friends long before we ever came along as a few pictures of them even longer back also in Fr. Mark’s Army box show my mother as a young girl all dressed up in all the style and a very young picture of Fr. Mark with a small bird sitting in his hand. I have enjoyed my profession as a photographer all of my life and I still get a buzz from it every time I press the shutter, but fining this photo this week after knowing about it for 51 years surpasses everything.Yesterday morning, at 10am I was a proud as a son to collect the prints that my father took of my wife and my mother with her and her brothers, the negatives, which were looked after for a half a century by my uncle, the late Fr. Mark.DD Motoring: A story of pictures with Brian McDaid was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The A’s will see a lot less of Gerrit Cole, who signs massive deal with Yankees

first_imgGerrit Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Cole has reportedly an opt-out for 2024 and will have to shave off that stubble by spring.Cole is still in the American League — joining a deep Yankees team that came one Game 7 walk-off home run shy of a World Series. But, Oakland A’s can rejoice at the prospect of not having to face one of the game’s most dominant (and ever improving) pitchers in the game …last_img

South Africans Abroad commemorate their unique diverse Heritage

first_imgBy Phindi MadunaSeptember 24 is celebrated as Heritage Month in South Africa. During this month, South Africans, not only at home but also abroad, celebrate their diverse cultures.This September, Brand South Africa journeyed to East Asia, The Middle East and Western Europe, to commemorate with South Africans living in China, Qatar and Germany, respectively. This was in line with the Global South Africans programme, which acknowledges thousands of South Africans who are brand advocates for the positive positioning of the Nation Brand abroad. Global South Africans show the world who South Africans really are and what the country is has to offer. Expat communities across the world celebrate their unique heritage and identity to strengthen the positive role that they can play internationally.In China, Brand South Africa partnered with the South African Embassy in Beijing, to celebrate the country’s culture and heritage through an annual Discover South Africa Open Day. The engagement provided an opportunity to exhibit some of South Africa’s exports in the consumer packaged goods sector to China. These included, but were not limited to, our much enjoyed Rooibos tea, outstanding wines, Rooibos ice cream and mouth-watering boerewors sausages.South Africans in Qatar welcomed Brand South Africa to the rapidly developing city of Doha. Together with the South African Embassy in Doha and the South African community in Doha, Brand South Africa hosted an awards evening under the theme ‘Culturally South African’. The awards honoured South African citizens who are playing their part in Doha, through supporting and volunteering as the country prepares to host the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The awards also encouraged winners to continue promoting the spirit of Ubuntu by being exemplary citizens in the world.Celebrations in Germany were just as inspiring. Brand South Africa collaborated with the South African Embassy in Berlin to host South Africans living in Germany. They were encouraged to join the Global South African network and continue to play their part in promoting South Africa.last_img read more

Now, an impasse over Abu Dujana body

first_imgThe Kashmir Valley remained on edge on Wednesday in the wake of the killing of Abu Dujana, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, and his local associate in an encounter on Tuesday.The police said they had asked Pakistan “to claim the slain militant’s body”. “We will request them [Pakistan High Commission] to take back Dujana’s body,” said Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan.Dujana, 27, who the police believe was of Balti origin and hailed from Gilgit-Baltistan, was, however, given a “silent burial” at Boniyar in Baramulla, where most of the foreign militants killed this year were buried. Funeral prayers in absentia were held in Pulwama and the Maisuma area here for the two militants.‘Lashkar sidelined him’Confirming reports of differences between Lashkar and Dujana, its “chief operational commander”, of late, Mr. Khan said: “He [Dujana] was sidelined by the LeT, which is why the outfit didn’t pay tributes to him. He didn’t follow the policies of the outfit.”Sources said the last biggest attack carried out by Dujana was in July 2016 on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Pampore, which left eight CRPF personnel dead. “This year, Dujana was sidelined. Our assessment suggests that foreigner Abu Ismail, who carried out the deadly attack on a police party in Achabal and on Amarnath pilgrims this year, was sent to replace Dujana,” said a top counter-insurgency official. “Dujana was a master-strategist and organised most of his attacks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.” It remains to be seen if the LeT will nominate Ayoub Lone of Pulwama as its new operations chief or continue to assign the job to a foreign handler, the official said. Kashmir shuts downWith separatists calling for a shutdown in protest against the killing of a civilian near the encounter site in Pulwama on Tuesday, the authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in areas under five police stations in Srinagar. All the main roads in the old city were sealed. Severe security restrictions were imposed.There were no reports of any major clash. However, Internet and railway services were stopped. Life in the entire Valley remained affected.The authorities on Wednesday decided to extend the closure of educational institutions in Srinagar and Baramulla by one more day.Another civilian diesOne more injured civilian, Akeel Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Gabarpora-Haal, died of bullet injuries at a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday morning. He was injured allegedly in security forces’ firing when the locals tried to reach the encounter site on Tuesday. Local youth clashed with the security forces after Bhat’s funeral.last_img read more

Kolkata metro compensates residents of Bowbazar

first_imgThe Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) on Saturday started the distribution of compensation cheques to residents of Kolkata’s Bowbazar whose houses have either been damaged and those who had to vacate their homes due to tunnelling work for the East West Metro Project.During tunnelling work for the project, an underground water aquifer was pierced on September 1 resulting in ground subsidence (gradual caving or sinking) in Bowbazar, a densely packed neighbourhood. Cheques of ₹5 lakhOver 400 residents from three lanes have been asked to vacate their houses.On Saturday, a compensation cheque of ₹5 lakh was given to 19 families. Some people complained to authorities that they could not move any of their valuables as they were forced to evacuate at short notice. The KMRCL has assured the residents that they will rebuild the houses and take care of their lodging.More than 50 houses on Durga Pituary Lane and Sankrapa Lane have been affected. Over 70 families had to shift to alternative locations. Half-a-dozen houses in the area have already collapsed. Tunnelling work for the East West Metro Project has also been stopped.last_img read more

Home United zaps Kaya-Iloilo hopes

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Kaya had high hopes of making the next round as the best second-placed team, but it needed maximum points against Home United.The result also meant that the only remaining Filipino club standing, Ceres-Negros, will face either Hanoi FC or Tampines Rovers of Singapore in the zonal semifinals. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kaya-Iloilo conceded twice in the first 18 minutes as it fell to Home United of Singapore, 2-0, on Tuesday night that doomed its hopes of reaching the knockout phase of the AFC Cup at Jalan Besar Stadium.The Filipino club was caught napping early with Adam Swandi’s volley putting the home side within 30 seconds before Abdil Qaiyyim directed Izzdin Shafiq’s free kick into the back of the net for the second goal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Not today View commentslast_img read more

Trump watches sumo, but it’s not just a sport in Japan

first_imgView comments President Donald Trump attends the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Tokyo. First lady Melania Trump is at top right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)TOKYO — President Donald Trump watched sumo wrestling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, becoming the first American leader to do so. Trump, who is on a four-day state visit to Japan, presented a special U.S.-made trophy to the winner.Some key facts about sumo, which is deeply tied to Japan’s ancient religion of Shinto:ADVERTISEMENT ___ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next THE RINGBased on Shinto belief, the elevated dirt ring, or “dohyo,” is considered sacred. Before every tournament, Shinto priests perform rituals to pacify the gods by pouring rice, sake and other offerings into a little hole in the center of the ring. Wrestlers also rinse their mouth with water before entering the ring, while only senior wrestlers are allowed to use salt to purify themselves and repel evil spirits. They use up to 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds) of salt during every 15-day tournament, according to the Japan Sumo Association.___MEN ONLYOnly men can become professional sumo wrestlers, because under sumo’s Shinto tradition, women are considered unclean, and are not allowed to enter the ring. Last year, a sumo referee blocked women who went up to the ring to provide first aid for a mayor who collapsed in the ring while making a speech at a sumo event in Kyoto, triggering criticism that sumo officials were prioritizing their gender-biased tradition over someone’s life.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ___RIGID CUSTOMUnlike other athletes, sumo wrestlers are considered living performers of cultural tradition and are expected to be role models. This is especially true of the yokozuna — those considered to have dignity and grace in addition to outstanding sumo skills. Wrestlers come from across Japan and are divided into 46 “stables,” each run by “oyakata,” or masters — retired wrestlers who had reached the sport’s highest ranks. By tradition, they live and train together at each stable, where young apprentices are assigned to cleaning, cooking and other chores for their seniors. The hierarchy-based apprenticeship has sometimes caused bullying and hazing. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ___SHINTO RITUALFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe origins of sumo can be traced back to the Shinto ritual for a good harvest at imperial courts in the 8th century. It later was used as martial arts training for samurais before becoming entertainment for the people during the Edo period, with the introduction of stylized rules including the art of entering the ring, the use of loin cloths, topknots and kimonos, as well as fighting regulations. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Matchups for the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors ___WINNER AND PRIZESA wrestler who pushes his opponent out of the ring, or makes him touch the ground first, is declared the winner. The number of wins during a 15-day tournament determines their ranks, which go as high as the most prestigious yokozuna, or grand champion. There are six tournaments per year. A tournament winner is awarded two main trophies — the Emperor’s Cup and the Prime Minister’s Cup — as well as dozens of international and prefectural prizes such as a huge macaroon cookie from the French Embassy, a year’s supply of strawberries donated by Fukuoka prefecture and a trophy filled with dried mushrooms from Oita prefecture.___SPECTATOR CUSTOMSFans in the ringside “masu seki” box seats typically sit on zabuton mattresses on tatami mats. The seats include servings of yakitori and tea served in ceramic pots and cups, while the spectators can also purchase beer and other drinks. The masu seki tickets also come with other treats, including sweet bean desserts, towels and memorabilia. Fans customarily throw their cushions toward the ring to cheer a wrestler who beat a senior opponent in an upset match.last_img read more

Play by the Rules

first_imgPlease find below the Play By The Rules poster and flyer.Play By The Rules PosterPlay By The Rules FlyerFor more information on Play By The Rules, please visit their website.To learn how to promote Play By The Rules: Click Here.Play By The Rules CoursesCourses to Create Safer Sporting EnvironmentsThe Australian Sports Commission in conjunction with Play By the Rules have developed two free courses that are available for all members. The complaint handling course is a four hour online course that provides a thorough step by step guide to resolving complaints.This course, with the Play By The Rules resources – http://www.playbytherules.net.au are great sources of information to anyone who has responsibility for managing a complaint. Umpires, grounds people, presidents or administrators at any level in sport will gain some value from completing the seven interactive modules that can be accessed online.The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Course, once a two day workshop, is now only four hours online with a three to four hour workshop available in every state. To learn more about the value of an MPIO to your club, state or national association and how to access the training to become an MPIO go to http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/integrity_in_sport. Play By The Ruleslast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs trip

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs tripby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is out of Manchester United’s squad for the trip to Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says Sanchez was one of nine players missing from the United squad that travelled to London by train on Saturday.The Chilean limped out of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading with a hamstring problem and doesn’t appear to have recovered in time.Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini were also missing.One man that has travelled is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was initially a doubt for the fixture after picking up a knock against Reading. last_img

11 days agoHendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnley

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnleyby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick has admitted that not needing to play in the Europa League is helping his side.The Clarets struggled last season as they had to cope with additional European games.It caused them to have a very poor start to the season, which lead to a relegation battle for much of the campaign.But they have started brighter this term, and Hendrick thinks he knows why.”We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder told reporters.”I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.”At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.”I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.”Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.”Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.”Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.” last_img read more